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Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Annual Meeting and banquet

The Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) will celebrate Ohio’s cattlemen, hear from industry leaders and set new policy for 2019 at the OCA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet on Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio.

The day’s events will kick off at 9:00 a.m. with the Cattlemen’s Quiz bowl written test. This youth event, sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America, is for youth ages 8-21 to showcase their beef industry knowledge. It is a two-part contest, consisting of written and verbal rounds. Shortly after, a Youth Beef Quality Assurance Session will start at 10:00 a.m. There will be three age divisions offered and the top three winners will be recognized as well as the top team in each group. During the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation (OCF) luncheon, sponsored by Murphy Tractor, at 11:30 a.m., the 2019 scholarship recipients will be recognized and the OCF business meeting will be conducted.

Following the luncheon, the “Engaging OCA’s Grassroots” session is open to members, county affiliate leaders, Young Cattlemen members, industry leaders and those who want to learn more about maximizing their involvement with OCA through events, programs and advocacy.

The speaker lineup will focus on producer education.  The morning will kick off with faculty from Ohio State Department of Animal Sciences discussing their areas of research specialization. During the Annual Meeting, hear from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) Allison Rivera, Executive Director of Government Affairs and Dr. Sara Place, Senior Director of Sustainable Beef Production Research. The Producer Education Series is sponsored by NCBA and the National Corn Growers’ Association.

OCA’s Annual Meeting will be held at 2:30 p.m. Take an active role in OCA by attending this meeting. Members will set policy for the upcoming year, receive state program updates and Top Hand Club members will be recognized for their membership recruitment achievements.

The evening’s banquet highlights county affiliate activities and six industry leaders and families and the recognition of an outstanding county affiliate group. The event concludes with the Cattlemen’s Social, featuring unique, one of a kind items that will be sold with proceeds benefiting OCA’s PAC, the be held following the banquet.

Hotel rooms in the block are available until Dec. 21, 2018 at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center, 100 Green Meadows Drive South Lewis Center, Ohio 43035 (North of Columbus off of US Route 23) Hotel rooms are available at a special rate of $129 (includes breakfast for 2 people per room). Call: 614.880.4300 to reserve a room.

RSVP by January 4, 2019. Visit www.ohiocattle.org to register online or download a registration form, or call the OCA office at 614-873-6736. OCA’s annual meeting is free to attend however the breakout sessions and evening’s events are ticketed with a price of $100 for one OCA member full-day registration, $45 for the luncheon and registration only and $60 for banquet and registration only. For non-member registration information, visit the OCA website or contact the OCA office.

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